Name: Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) Yancey Elementary School
Image Number: MJ36cdMJ02
Comments: Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary School was founded in 1960 and named after the teacher, who came into Albemarle County
in the late 1800's to create a school for African Americans. In 1961, Albemarle County completed a fine brick structure at 7625
Porters Road in Esmont on the 7 acres of Esmont Colored School property which had been procured by Esmont's black community. B.F. Yancey
School housed kindergarten through fifth grade students, with sixth-eighth grade students attending Walton Middle School. Albemarle
County's black high schools (including Esmont HS students) also had consolidated into Jackson P. Burley High School in Charlottesville a decade
earlier. In 1964 the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race and guaranteeing equal educational opportunities,
was passed. B.F. Yancey Elementary School became desegregated and slowly grew and adapted to a new diverse student body.
Following is a list of people who served as principal at B.F. Yancey Elementary School:
2012 - 2017 Craig Dommer
2006 - 2006 Allison Dwier-Seiden
2004 - 2006 Jeanette Avery
2001 - 2004 Debra Collins
1990 - 2001 Sidney Tate
1985 - 1990 Carolyn Paige
1982 - 1985 Carolyn Gaines
1977 - 1982 Gerald Terrell
1974 - 1977 Manie Philips
1971 - 1974 Jimmy Jones
1967 - 1971 Fulton Marshall
1961 - 1967 Elisha Gantt
1960 - 1961 Isaac Faulkner
B.F. Yancey Elementary School was the product of numerous expansions and renovation, and by 2017, it occupied 27,000 feet of property. That
expansion is a testament to the efforts and dedication of the Esmont community to develop and broaden educational opportunities for each new
generation of young scholars. By the 2016-2017 school year, however, B.F. Yancey's school population had declined to 118 students as a
result of limited development and economic activity in this rural area of Southern Albemarle. Additionally, the availability of federal
funding to provide equitable access to services needed by Yancey students was uncertain. As a result, Albemarle County Public Schools
voted to close B.F. Yancey Elementary School and consolidate Yancey into Red Hill and Scottsville elementary schools.
B.F. Yancey Elementary closed after fifty-six years in 2017. When the bell rang to let school out for the last time on June 9, 2017,
103 years of educational history at this Porters Road site came to an end.
As of July 2018, the former Yancey School property was undergoing a comprehensive review by the Albemarle County Planning Staff to determine
if the county's current plan to use this structure as a community center and provide enhanced access to programs and services to
the Southern Albemarle community is in substantial accord with the County's Comprehensive Plan.
Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Maxwell Johnson for his research and photographs on this Esmont
1) Scottsville Museum, "Esmont Colored School"; see:
Esmont Colored School.
2) Mandell, Josh, "Inside the struggle 'to overcome numbers' in Yancey Elementary's final years", Charlottesville TOMORROW, Friday, September 21, 2018; p..
3) Albemarle County Planning Staff Report, Project Name: CCP201800003 Yancey Community Center, July 17, 2018.
4) Cville Pedia, "Yancey Elementary School", see:
5) Wrabel, Allison, "Albemarle School Board votes to close Yancey Elementary School," The Daily Progess, Charlottesville: May 25, 2017.
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